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Here's the top of an article on the bird-banding in this week's Leader:
By Alexis Tarrazi
NORTH ARLINGTON (Dec. 4, 2008) — In an effort to determine just how many migratory birds utilize and rely upon the Meadowlands landfills as a resting location, naturalists with the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission conducted their first-ever expansive study at the Erie landfill in North Arlington in the spring and fall of this year.
“As the environmental stewards of the region, we are putting old landfills to new uses,” stated Robert Ceberio, NJMC executive director in a press release. “We not only are capping and closing those landfills, but we are also making the most of them — whether it’s installing solar panels or helping migratory and threatened species.”
Naturalists were able to weigh, measure and band a total of 4,032 birds, including 23 species of warblers and 583 Savannah Sparrows -— a threatened species in New Jersey. In all, 88 species of birds were recorded, including five birds on New Jersey’s threatened, endangered or special-concern lists — the American Kestrel, Savannah Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow and Bobolink, according to a press release.